Ways to Give

The Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund

Initially endowed by Hughlene and Bill Frank, the College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund provides resources that can be used to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty experiences. The SAFE Fund provides funding for college priorities and opportunities that arise throughout the year. These unrestricted funds support student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. Read more about the SAFE Fund and see a current list of recipients.


On average the SAFE Fund provides 32 grants per semester.

Faculty and Students are awarded an approximate total of $15,000 per semester.

$25,238.00 was awarded from the Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) College Fund to 18 faculty members and 21 undergraduate and graduate students (39 awards) for the 2020-21 academic year to assist with student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities.

By semester that breaks down to:
Fall 2020 – 11 student awards totaling $3,400 and 10 faculty awards totaling $8,150

Spring 2021 – 10 student awards totaling $5,688; 8 faculty awards totaling $8,000


There are two ways to support the SAFE Fund:

Annual Fund

The SAFE Annual Fund allows for the distribution of your contribution in the current year. 

Annual Fund Code: 92633


The Hughlene Bostian Frank and William Allen Frank Student And Faculty Excellence Endowment

The SAFE Endowment Fund has been established in order to help future generations of students and faculty. With the SAFE Endowment, only the income earned by long-term investments of donor contributions can be used each year. Gifts to the endowment can include estate bequests and gifts from charitable trusts.

Endowment Fund Code: 97006

SAFE Grant

Dr. Micheal Opata

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael Opata

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael OpataDr. Michael Opata, assistant professor, Department of BiologyStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recip...

Dr. Jon Davenport Safe fund recipient, photo provided

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jon Davenport

Dr. Jon Davenport, assistant professor, Department of BiologyStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipientProject: Size Matters: The Influence ...

Dr. Twilia Wingrove, Department of Psychology, Photo Provided

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Twilia Wingrove

Dr. Twilia Wingrove, experimental psychology program director and associate professor, Department of PsychologyStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) f...

What can your gift support

Here is a breakdown of what your dollars can support for College of Arts and Sciences students and Faculty.


can cover student registration at a state-based or regional conference (especially if the student is presenting at a poster session)


mileage reimbursement to a conference (especially if multiple students apply and can then share a ride)


can purchase supplies for research labs; replace equipment or provide a financial incentive/reward for subjects in a research project


can cover a night of lodging; costs of printing materials for a conference presentation or the purchase of research subject information or participants


awards a SAFE grant for a student to present at a conference or to purchase materials needed to conduct research


is a typical award amount for a faculty SAFE grant which can be used for numerous things such as to complete a book project; pay a student worker; purchase equipment or assist with travel expenses to present at a conference and much more

Other opportunities for support

There are numerous other needs in the college and the departments that we support. Here are some other ways you can contribute to student and faculty success in App State CAS.


per year with a four year commitment provides donors with the opportunity to name a scholarship


per year with a five year commitment provides donors with the opportunity to endow a named scholarship


covers the cost to hire a full time research assistant


names a classroom space in the newly renovated Sanford Hall


 provides one semester's worth of funding for the SAFE Fund grant awards to faculty and students



Triassic Trip 2008, including Anna A. Littlefield. This image shows students measuring the thickness of the layers of rock exposed in the Blue Hills near St. Johns, Arizona. This allowed the participants to put the fossils in stratigraphic order and compare them to other localities, such as Petrified Forest National Park. Photo by Kristan Cockerill.

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Ellucian PATH Scholarship program logo. Image provided by Ellucian

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Appalachian State University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences was selected to receive the 2021 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) ...

Join us in supporting students and faculty through the SAFE Fund or contact us to explore other opportunities.